EVERY EXAMPLE OF GOODWILL proclaims Christ’s coming. Every genuine outbreak of “Christmas Spirit” speaks God’s blessing. Every gracious act of love, gesture of peace, and inkling of hope proclaims the witness of the shepherds. Each resounding experience of joy cries out with passion the reality of God’s creative and redeeming love. What a dark world this would be without Christ. What an empty festival of winter would remain if God had not so loved this world.
– Derek Maul
In My Heart I Carry a Star
From pp. 137-138, In My Heart I Carry a Star: Stories for Advent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2008 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe a recent encounter of a goodwill action, and thus, an encounter with Christ. Share your thoughts.
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12, NRSV
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